Grand Opening: Declan Clarke - Geist Trilogie

Fredag 22. januar kl.19:00
Tromsø Kunstforening
Muségata 2, TromsøÅpne kart
95 skal
for english please scroll down --- Festivalutstillingen 2016 Declan Clarke Geist Trilogie Declan Clarke er Tromsø Kunstforenings festivalkunstner i 2016 med utstillingen Geist Trilogie. Under Tromsø International Filmfestival (TIFF) presenterer Tromsø Kunstforening hvert år en separatutstilling med en internasjonalt anerkjent kunstner som arbeider med film eller video. I år har vi gleden av å huse Clarkes mest ambisiøse prosjekt til nå, filmtrilogien Geist Trilogie, som også er hans første store institusjonelle separatutstilling utenfor Irland og Storbritannia. Utstillingen undersøker problemstillinger omkring virkningen av industrialisering og modernisme i Europa gjennom filmene We Are Not Like Them (2013), The Most Cruel of All Goddesses (2015) og Wreckage in May (2015). Utstillingen presenterer de to sistnevnte filmenes internasjonale permiere, og Wreckage in May er produsert for Tromsø Kunstforening og Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Utstillingen er kuratert av Leif Magne Tangen og Hanne Gudrun Gulljord. Program Fredag 22.januar 19:00 Grand Opening: Declan Clarke Geist Trilogie 19:30 Åpningstale 21:00 Filmfest i Bar EKA Lørdag 23.januar 14:00 Samtale mellom Declan Clarke og Sarah Perks. Sarah Perks er Artistic Director ved HOME Manchester og medlem av Tromsø Kunstforenings kunstneriske råd. Samtalen er del av prosjektet U.T.II, støttet av Rom for kunst - Kulturrådet. Torsdagene 4. og 18. februar samt 3. og 17. mars 17:00 Offentlige omvisninger i utstillingen. 18.00 Tromsø Folkekjøkken Tider for visning i utstillingen: Filmene Wreckage in May og The Most Crulest of Goddesses starter hver time på timen mellom kl 12-16, onsdag-søndag i hele utstillingsperioden. We Are Not Like Them loopes. For mer informasjon vennligst se den engelske teksten under eller nettsiden vår --- Festival exhibition 2016 Declan Clarke Geist Trilogie Curated by Leif Magne Tangen and Hanne Gudrun Gulljord --- January 23, -- March 20, 2016 Opening January 22, 7-9pm --- Declan Clarke is Tromsø Kunstforenings festival artist for 2016 with the exhibition Geist Trilogie. Every year during the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), we hold a solo exhibition featuring an internationally recognised artist working with film or video. We are delighted to house Clarke’s first institutional solo exhibition outside Ireland and the UK, which presents his most ambitious production to date - a trilogy of films, Geist Trilogie. The exhibition investigates issues concerning the impact of industrialisation and modernism in Europe through the films We Are Not Like Them (2013), The Most Cruel of All Goddesses (2015) and Wreckage in May (2015). The two latter to internationally premier in this show. Wreckage in May is commissioned by Tromsø Kunstforening in collaboration with Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. --- Program Friday January 22nd: 19:00 Gand opening: Declan Clake Geist Trilogie 19:30 Opening remarks 21:00 Filmfest in Bar EKA Saturday January 23rd: Talk between Declan Clarke and Sarah Perks. Sarah Perks is Artistic Director of HOME Manchester and member of the Artistic Advisary Board of Tromsø Kunstforening. The talk is part of the project U.T. II, with kind support frem Rom for kunst, Norwegian Arts Council. Thursdays Febuary 4th and 18th and March 3rd 17:00 Public tours trough the exhibition 18:00 Tromsø Peoples Kitchen --- Geist Trilogie The film trilogy takes seminal moments of history and introduces them into a narrative as active 'agents' that profoundly impact upon contemporary events. Though nominally using historical, political events as their subject, the films are entirely grounded in the political present, and function as oblique commentaries on the causes, effects, and ongoing ramifications of the current, political climate. The three films reflect upon the impact of industrialisation and modernism in Europe. The first, We Are Not Like Them, 2013, documents the transformation of Europe’s industrialisation and the scope of its shifting political perspectives. In the second film, The Most Cruel of All Goddesses, 2015, the life and legacy of political theorist Friedrich Engels is shown leading to the formation of NATO in the wake of the Second World War. In the last of the trilogy, Wreckage in May, 2015, commissioned by TKF and Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Clarke focuses on the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871 and the role played at first by the Impressionist painters in the visualisation of urban modernity and how this role developed through 20th-century cinema and photography. The exhibitions German title Geist Trilogie, plays on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's central concept in his The Phenomenology of Spirit (Phänomenologie des Geistes); Geist, a means to philosophize over history. Although Geist etymologically would be translated to Ghost, is today's translations Spirit. Trilogie is the German version of Trilogy, defined as a group of three dramatic or literary works related in subject or theme. Leif Magne Tangen, intendant at Tromsø Kunstforening comments on the artist: “Declan Clarke creates art that engages with the present moment, of today, from a very critical perspective on the modern project. He repeatedly shows an interest in history, politics and the manner in which they impress themselves in today. Clarke does so with an enormous interest and understanding of film; its history, philosophy, narrative and optics.” Gallery I: Inviting a contemporary contemplation, We Are Not Like Them, 2013, connects four different locations in Europe. It uses the tropes of the early 20th Century documentary film and the mid-century espionage film to contextualise these locations. These are, in order of appearance, the former Wallsend and Walker shipyards in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eisenhüttenstadt, a city on the eastern border of Germany, Nowa Huta, a city on the outskirts of Kraków in Poland, and the Groupe Scolaire L’Octobre – a primary school in the Alfortville district of Paris. Gallery II The Most Cruel of All Goddesses, 2015, presents a portrait of the life of German political philosopher Friedrich Engels as a backdrop to a noir/espionage film that follows an unnamed agent on an unspecified mission. The film reflects upon the political history and significance of the Manchester region, particularly Salford where the origins of the socio-political foundations of the 21st century were laid. Gallery III Wreckage in May, 2015, uses the thriller/revenge film genre to examine the suppression of the Paris Commune in 1871 and the role of women in the founding, running, and defending of this short-lived government. The film also considers the social and militant role of the artist Gustave Courbet in the Commune and how it contrasts with the younger generation of artists, whom he had inspired - the Impressionists. The plot of Wreckage in May shows an unnamed agent figure that follows a female character around a city as she researches the history of the Paris Commune. Unbeknownst to the agent, he disturbs the ghosts of history through his covert intrusions into the woman’s research; the consequences of which are unforeseen and disturbing. bio: Declan Clarke (*1974, Dublin) studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Chelsea College of Arts, London. Recent solo exhibitions includes Wreckage in May at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Group Portrait with Explosives at Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin; I Have Doubts at The Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest and Nothing Human is Alien to Me, Pierogi Gallery, Leipzig. His works has been shown in group exihibitions at MOCA Belgrade, Serbia & ARTIUM, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; HOME, Manchester; Whitstable Biennale; Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London; Studio Voltaire, London; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden; PS1 MOMA, New York; Tate Britain, London. His films has been screened at Tromsø International Film Festival; Cinéphémère, Jardin Des Tuilieries, FIAC, Paris; FID-Marseille; The Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle; Serpentine Cinema, London; Liverpool Biennale; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and The Irish Film Institute, Dublin. Upcoming solo exhibitions in 2016 includes Tempelbar Gallery, Dublin; Belfast Exposed, Culturel Irlandais de Paris and Farbvision, Berlin. The Festival exhibition has previously shown artists who work with the moving image such as: Riikka Kouppala, Olof Olsson, Jennifer Reeder, Wolff & Hauge, Yan Xing, Sigalit Landau, Bodil Furu, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Annika Larsson, Jesper Just and Marit Følstad. The 2016 Festival Exhibition is made possible with support from Arts Council Norway, HIGH-NORTH/NABROAD and Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. For more information please contact us on